Side Hustle with Alexis Achilles
Introducing "Side Hustle," a new series exploring the creativity and passions of McCanners outside the office.
Alexis Achilles, IT Team Lead, has been supporting the creative staff here at McCann for more than 10 years. Alexis is known for his technical expertise and putting in long hours at the office. What you may not know is that Alexis has made a considerable contribution to the New York City art scene as co-founder of The Secret Theater, a custom-built theater and rehearsal facility located in the Arts District of Long Island City.
Alexis is involved in all aspects of production at the theater - promotion, production, sets, lights…you name it. Often, he will leave the office late at night and head straight to the theater in order to meet another deadline.
Alexis recalls one such instance. “One Friday, my workload was so demanding, I ended up missing my father's rehearsal wedding dinner. Then I received a call that night from the theatre that our biggest clients were experiencing a blackout on opening night. I ran to the theatre and spent all night removing and reinstalling the circuit panel for the entire theater.”
Now that’s dedication!
Since opening in 2008, The Secret Theater has hosted theatre, musicals, dance, live music, operas, movie nights, classes, troupe rehearsals, art openings, parties, film festivals and more. They do their own productions, and host productions by other companies. They even feature children's theater productions.